Spanish based Aire Ancient Baths is turning a 19th century River West factory into a 20,000-square-foot Greco-Roman spa. This isn’t the brand’s first historic renovation. Aire is known for repurposing historic buildings for its spa locations and modeling their experiences after ancient Greek and Roman traditions.
Set to open later this month, the space will be the company’s largest yet: A feature unique to Chicago is an indoor-outdoor pool, with an adjustable temperature for year-round swimming.
Hourly fees run from $70 for a 90-minute dip in the thermal baths to $400 for the private wine bath plus massage. The Himalayan Salt treatment includes a salt crystal body wrap and hour-long massage with hot salt stones. Silvia Barnett, Aire’s head of marketing for North America said,
“The whole concept is to bring back the tradition of Greek and Roman bathhouses.
There’s a little bit of an extraordinary element to it. We want to create spaces that you can lose the sense of time and space.
It’s like traveling somewhere without leaving your city.”
The baths are always located underground to help patrons get the most out of the experience, and essentially forget where they really are. Situated just across the street from the Tribune’s massive multi-phase development known as The River District. Barnett explains,
“We knew Chicago was a city that really connected with our concept of bringing back to life historical buildings, an appreciation for architecture.”
According to Alina Dizik of Crains, who described the upcoming space as “straight out of Game of Thrones,” maybe this other-worldly spa will fill the void as we await the final season of Game of Thrones.
Sources: TimeOut, Crains, Chicago Tribune